Protocol & Protection

Business Getting Back to Business

Getting businesses back to business is essential for associates and the economy as we begin to rebuild. Roughly 75% of employees say that they are somewhat or very concerned about illness spreading in their workplace as we begin to reopen. We have compiled a list of ‘crucial’ steps businesses are encouraged to make as associates return to the office.

Let’s work together as you take the steps to reopen your facility safely and successfully!


  • Setup a screening station at your facility’s entrance
  • Ask screening questions to your employees
    – Have you had a cough or shortness of breath?
    – Have you had a fever?
    – Are you living with anyone who is sick?
    – Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • Consider the use of a touchless infrared thermometer to check the temperature of employees each day
    – Anyone over 100.4° F should be sent home
  • Limit access to work areas by outside visitors

  • Require anyone who exhibits signs of illness from reporting to work and recommend they seek medical attention. Per CDC guidelines, employees who have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 days and be fever-free and symptom-free for 3 days before coming back to work
  • Post signage that no one with symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the facility
  • Train employees on the importance of frequent handwashing and PPE use

    • Prohibit gatherings of workers during business hours
    • Continue teleworking for workers, when possible
    • Add tape lines and floor graphics to remind employees of distancing recommendations
    • Implement staggered shifts and break times to reduce crowding amid social distancing measures
    • Hold all meetings virtually when possible. Hold in-person meetings in open areas – not confined spaces
    • Discourage workers from using other employees phones, desks, offices or other equipment
    • Prohibit handshaking and other unnecessary person-to-person contact in the office
    • Remind patrons and 3rd party delivery drivers/suppliers of your internal distancing requirements
    • Permit workers to take breaks and lunch outside, in their office or personal workspace, or in other such areas where proper social distancing is attainable
    Reconfigure your office and stagger staffer workstations where possible to avoid employees working adjacent to one another. Where 6 feet of separation is not possible, consider mitigation efforts such as screens/dividers along with the increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.

    4. USE OF PPE

    • Provide masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for employee use
    • Request that all employees wear face coverings at all times
    • Face coverings should be cleaned or replaced daily

    Blaisdell’s is sporadically receiving shipments of a variety of gloves and facemasks. Please contact your sales representative for what’s available, or click here to view trending products as they are added to our inventory selection.


    Thoroughly detail, clean and sanitize the entire facility before resuming services and do so regularly, focusing on high­ contact areas that may be touched by employees including stair rails, cabinet and door handles

    Confirm new cleaning procedures with your cleaning service:
    – Confirm they are using effective disinfectants
    – Be sure they are cleaning ALL surfaces including carpets
    – Disinfect common surfaces regularly, including all vertical surfaces
    – Clean and sanitize restrooms, all fixtures, counters, door handles

    Review and replenish breakroom and restroom supplies based on the frequency of use:
    – Ensure an adequate supply of soap and paper towels at all times
    – Replace bulk packs of straws, cutlery in individual-use packs and napkins

    Ask your team to disinfect all work tools as they come in contact:
    – Communal printers, fax, and scanners
    – Light switches and thermostats
    – Material handling equipment
    – Pallet jacks and dock equipment
    – Packing and mail stations
    – Tape dispensers, laminators, etc.
    – Equipment keypad buttons

    Confirm your team is practicing common sense hygiene:
    – Washing hands multiple times per day
    – Disinfecting eating and work surfaces
    – Drinking lots of fluids
    – Getting appropriate rest

    Provide hand sanitizer for use by employees, including contactless hand sanitizing stations when available

    Incorporate and upgrade your office with antimicrobial products that reduce or limit the spread of bacteria and other microorganisms